Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"You don't have to try"

I heard this song several weeks ago (and maybe you've already heard it too).  I knew right away when I heard it that I wanted to share it with you all.  Love song and the video.  Check it out: Colbie Caillat - Try
Wait a second, 
Why, should you care, what they think of you 
When you're all alone, by yourself, do you like you? 
Do you like you? 
 You don't have to try so hard 
You don't have to, give it all away 
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up 
You don't have to change a single thing.

Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
Cause I like you

Friday, August 1, 2014

3D Lashes!

Have any of you see (or tried) these 3D lashes available through Younique?  I keep seeing it pop up on my Facebook newsfeed or have friends inviting me to a "virtual party" where they are selling them.
I'm sure this special mascara is great and makes your lashes look long and full.  But I won't be using it. 

One. You kinda need eyelashes in order to enhance them.  I'm not going to use a product that makes the few lashes I have stand out more.  Cause if they stand out more- you know what else stands out more!?! The gaps. And I would look ridiculous.  I imagine I'd look something like this:
And you know what else... I'm finding more and more that products like this annoy me.  It's making average, normal, beautiful people think that they aren't good enough.  Like we need our lashes to look like the people on magazines.  Well, guess what- those aren't the models real lashes!  People don't actually look like that.  It's fake lashes, make-up applied by make-up artists and then edited to look even more "perfect."  Us, normal everyday people are not going to look like that.  We shouldn't compare ourselves to those edited, enhanced versions of the models in the magazines.

It annoys me that the average woman thinks their lashes aren't good enough.  Cause then, sheesh, my eyelashes are really really really not good enough.  BUT I AM GOOD ENOUGH!  It does not matter what my lashes look like.  More and more I wish people would just be themselves.  More and more I wish I could just be myself.  I haven't quite reached the point of going out and about without make-up. But I have been around my extended family more without make-up and not cared.  Even when my family went camping last week, I went without make-up for days around the campground.  And I jokingly told my husband, "You know what? No one gave me funny looks or said my lashes looked bad."  He just laughed.  It's true though- people really don't care about my lashes, brows or hair.  I'm judging myself waaaay harder than they are.

Okay, so this post isn't bashing the 3D lashes (I'm sure they're great- heck, try them out for yourself if you think they'd work for you).  I guess the product more just stirred up feelings in me.  I just wish people (including myself) would just realize that they are good enough and beautiful just they way they are.      

Friday, June 6, 2014

Want to help? Why not participate in a research study?

TLC has a list of several research studies located in different states and even some studies that are anonymous and online.  Check out the studies here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sleeping and Trich

Question for you...
I have a trichster friend who asked if I also had any sleeping issues. And I thought I'd throw the question out to you guys as well and get more feedback for her. 

For me personally, I wouldn't say I really have sleeping issues.  I'm tired a lot, but I also have three kids :) And I'm getting older- I think I need more sleep them I did in my 20s.  But I don't have problems falling asleep or anything like that.  I do get up to pee in the middle of the night... every night.  That's just plain annoying.  

So what about you fellow trichsters? Any sleeping problems? Thanks in advance for your answers!

*Update: Here are some responses I've gotten from some other trichsters:

Friday, March 28, 2014

What Kind of Eyebrows Should You Have?

So I took this silly quiz on buzzfeed: What Kind of Eyebrows Should You Have?  And you won't believe what my results were... made me laugh :)

Friday, February 28, 2014


Fun Fact from Brain Games: "You have approximately 70,000 thoughts per day, although many may be the same thought repeating itself."
Wonder how many of my thoughts are trich related?  Hopefully less and less everyday.  Although trich will always be a part of life, I don't want it to consume my life.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My hair was way overdue for a highlights and a trim.  It'd been like 6 months I think- getting a little dull and straggly (not to mention the bedhead in the first photo too).  Feels so much better now.  I LOVE that I have a stylist that I feel comfortable with.  Jamie is wonderful and I don't dread getting my hair done.  I can talk openly about my trich with her and feel okay about it.  I didn't even draw in my eyebrows today cause I just didn't feel like it.  And I felt comfortable with that.  I pointed it out to her and she said, oh, yours are like mine (Jamie has light eyebrows too) .  She saw them as light- not missing.  She didn't notice the damage and said most people probably wouldn't either.  I felt normal.  Normal can be such a great feeling.  I used to hate getting my hair done- and now I leave actually feeling good about myself.  What a difference a friend can make!  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Remodeling Project

Trich really hasn't been in the forefront of my mind lately.  Not saying I don't ever think about it, but I haven't focused on it.  I feel like there are so many areas in my life that need work.  The list for this remodeling project seems never ending.  And I just can't tackle them all at once.  It's overwhelming.  Not that trich isn't an important battle, but it feels a little cosmetic.  Take this kitchen for example.  I feel like focusing all my energy on trich would be adding a new coat of paint to these walls.  Yeah, it could use it, but clearly there are other issues that need to be addressed first.  Like clearing out the clutter.  And I think the hole in the ceiling should probably be addressed before painting the walls.      
 Do I like what I see in the mirror?  No.  But I need to do more than just plant flowers in the yard- that still won't make it "pretty."  I want to work on all of me.  Heart, soul and body.  And by body, I don't just mean a long set of lashes- I need to get in shape and take care of my body.  And you know... maybe taking care of all me will actually help take care of those cosmetic flaws staring at me in the mirror.    
Both images from Ugly House Photos
Anyone else feel like me?  Like you need to declutter, fix, improve, remodel so much about yourself?  Or do you guys got it all together? ;)  

Monday, January 13, 2014

TLC shared a poem that a dad had shared on the Facebook group Trichy Parenting... and now I'm sharing it with you.  She's a lucky girl.    

My daughter pulls most when she's stressed.
I eat most when I'm tired
My daughter pulls most when she's driving alone.
I eat most when I'm stressed.
My daughter pulled most when she's bored
I eat most when I'm bored.

My daughter wears a wig
I wear a Xxl....ok xxxl

My daughters pulling doesn't bother her till she looks in the mirror
My weight doesnt bother me until have to go to a function and my suit doesn't fit.

She should stop pulling
I should stop eating so much.

We are the same.
I am not better than her.
She is not better than me
She loves me
I love her

Any of you lucky enough to have a support system like this girl?  I know I've been blessed with a wonderfully supportive family!  It makes such a difference to know you have someone standing beside you.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Not sure what happened

I don't pull from my bottom lashes.  Bottom lashes hurt too much to pull (that probably sounds weird coming from someone who pulls their top lashes, brows and hair).  Not sure why it's more sensitive or painful, but it is- so I've never had any urges to pull them.  Occasionally, I'll pull out the tweezers and grab one that is causing a top lash to snag.  I figure I'd rather get rid of one single lash that's causing a problem instead of ripping out a bunch of my top lashes.  And even then, it hurts to pull them out.  So the other day I was rather surprised to see a gap in my bottom lashes (which I think stands out waaay more than top lashes).  I don't pull my bottom lashes!  I don't have an urge to pull them!  Why were some missing!?!?  I felt kind of annoyed, but oh, well... they'll grow back and it won't get worse cause I (honestly) don't have any urge to pull them.  THEN... today I was just tugging for loose lashes (like normal people do sometimes... I think?).  Not sure if my mascara was bothering me (I think it's getting old and dry), but I tugged my bottom lashes (near the newly formed gap) and without any sensation- at least 4 lashes just fell out. I was shocked.  I didn't even feel them put up a fight.  They truly felt like loose lashes, ready to give up the ghost.  I went to the mirror, stunned... and sad.  This isn't my problem area... now it looks awful.  
And there's one lonely lash in the middle of this gap that sticks out like a sore thumb (see pic below).  I don't want to pull that one either, but it seems so obvious just sitting there.  And if I pull it, I feel like it'll make the gap complete.  One giant gap (which I don't want). I also know that one lash isn't going to do the job of several lashes- no matter how much mascara I can goop on it.  It's still a gap.  It just looks awful.
Not feeling great.        


Friday, January 3, 2014

It doesn't have to be New Year's day to start something new, to start a resolution... every day is a new day.  On New Year's Eve, I was thinking I'd try again and start 2014 pull free.  Then at 12:06am, I looked at the clock and realized that I had already pulled (without even thinking about it).  New Year's resolution blown?  No... every day is a new day!  I don't need to wait until 2015 to "try try again"- I can do it now!  
Pic via Pinterest